The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee held a caucus this morning at the Crawfordsville District Public Library to replace the City Council seat left vacant by Raymond Kirtley’s recent resignation.
The seven precinct council members elected Mike Reidy to fill the seat. The council members voted by secret ballot and ranked each candidate from one through five. The first ranking was worth four points, second worth three points, and so on until the fifth place received zero point. The candidate with the most points at the end of the proceedings was the winner.
Reidy won with a total of 21 points.
Candidates were given five minutes to speak and delivered in alphabetical order.
In his speech, Reidy said that although he is not a native “Crawfordsvillian,” he has been a part of the community for 40 years.
Reidy is currently serving on the Board of Zoning Appeals and has served on various other boards and committees over the years. He has also been a recruiter at Wabash College for 32 years, a position he believes has prepared him for anything.
“My job would consists of convincing a bunch of 17 and 18-year-old guys that they wanted to go to a school without any girls,” Reidy said. “And I think I was pretty convincing.”
Reidy believes that working across the aisle with Republicans is vital to making Crawfordsville a better place.
“There are too many empty buildings here. The old Culver hospital, and the location of the fire on Washington Street — those areas should be cleaned up and used for something better,” he said.
Precinct member Don Swearingen says Reidy’s election is bitter sweet.
“I’ve worked with Mike on the BZA, and although I’ll be sad to lose him on that, I think he’ll do a great job on the City Council,” Swearingen said.
Democratic Central Committee Chair David Hadley said that he’ll file the paperwork with the city on Monday, clearing the way for Reidy to join the council in the very near future.
“I’m excited. I feel like the kid who moved to a new school at midterm,” Reidy said. “I know I’ve got some catching up to do. But I am excited to get going.”